Wheelchair-Bound Comic Wins Treadmill On ‘Price Is Right,’ Plans To Use It As Furniture

Woman in wheelchair wins treadmill on Price is Right

It was an awkward moment for Price Is Right fans, but contestant and comic Danielle Perez may turn her cringe-worthy appearance into stand-up material. She won a treadmill and walk-in sauna on the show Monday, but trouble is – she’s in a wheelchair.

After the embarrassing gaffe aired, Perez – who has taken the incident in stride – has gotten plenty of attention, and will even appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, ABC News Radio reported. She took to Twitter soon after the win to crack a few jokes about it.

She has been in a wheelchair since 2004 when she was in an accident; she doesn’t have feet. And while some found the prize offensively inappropriate, E! Online added, she thought it was hilarious, especially considering how awkward things got in the studio: Their long, tense silence was edited out, according to Hollywood Life.

“When they revealed the prizes the audience hesitated. There was a feeling of, ‘Oh no, they’re not really serious. They’re not gonna … put this woman through this.'”

But she wasn’t fazed. She was there to win, guessed the value of the treadmill and sauna ($3,695) correctly and spun the wheel on her own. Even though she can’t use the treadmill, she said “I had such a good time. But I was like, yes I want it! I don’t need it at all!”

In defense of CBS, which has been criticized for the unfortunate slip-up, the station insisted to CNN that “every member of the The Price is Right studio audience has a chance to be selected to play. Prizes are determined in advance of the show and are not decided based on the contestants.”

“I kept thinking that it was a really big joke. But there was no irony in their cheers or applause. Everyone at CBS seemed genuinely excited for me that I won.”

She had an idea of what to do with her treadmill, which she hasn’t received yet. And it’s what most people do – turn it into furniture, not exercise equipment. But she’s keeping it for sure, to remember her hilarious appearance on the Price is Right.

“At first I was going to sell it, but now with all of this happening, I kind of want to keep it to have as a memento. Maybe I could get Drew Carey to sign it for me. That’d be awesome.”

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